The Somerset city of Bath is a popular treasure hunt location and sits around 97 miles west of London and only 13 miles from the neighbouring city of Bristol, but Bath has its own set of delights that make it unique from anywhere else in the world.
Bath, as we recognise it today, first started with the Romans in 60 AD. Bath is famous around the world for its spa. In fact a temple to the Roman Goddess Sulis originally formed the centre of the spa. Over the next 300 years, the bathing complex was built around this ancient building until it finally fell into disrepair in the 5th century. Despite this, Bath has remained a focal point for those wanting to bathe in its waters ever since its popularity started to grow in Georgian times.
Nowadays people come from all over the world to take advantage of Bath’s thermal springs. The famous Roman Baths complex forms a focal point for residents and visitors alike. The warm thermal springs fall from the nearby Mendip Hills, percolates through limestone aquifers down to a depth of between 2700 and 4300 metres. At this point geothermal energy heats the water. This warm water then rises, due to pressure, and returns to the surface through fissures and faults in the limestone. This is harnessed at the famous Bath House. You can’t visit Bath without spending some time taking in all the benefits the water is said to contain.
Of course, there is more to Bath than just baths and it’s unlikely that you will have time for a dip on a Treasure Hunt! Since 1987, Bath has been recognised as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Through its cultural importance, Bath has embraced this honour and continues to develop itself well into the 21st century. If it’s culture you want, Bath is the place you want to be. It has a range of museums that can offer something to everyone. From the American Museum on the outskirts of the city, the Fashion Museum in the Assembly Rooms to the beautiful Beckford’s Tower, they all offer an incredibly interesting insight into Bath through the ages.
One of Bath’s most famous historic residents was Jane Austen. Jane lived in the city in the early 1800s. Whilst she only lived there for a relatively short time, Bath honours her stay with The Jane Austen Centre on Gay Street. For those wanting more Austen-related activities, the city walking tour will take you to parts of the city where Jane lived, walked and visited. You will also get a chance to see the wonderful architecture that makes Bath such an interesting place.
Arguably the most recognisable feature of Bath is The Royal Crescent. Built between 1767 and 1775, the Crescent was originally a sweeping line of 30 Grade I Listed houses. Today, the building is home to the five-star Royal Crescent hotel, a museum and a few remaining homes, all arranged around a lawn overlooking Royal Victoria Park. You may have already seen it through its many appearances as part of period film and TV shows, but it remains a real must-see location. Despite its imposing stature, it isn’t unique in Bath. Another similarly impressively rounded landmark in the city is The Circus. This consists of three separate segments arranged in a circle. Artist Thomas Gainsborough and actor Nicolas Cage have, at different times, both called The Circus their home.
Pulteney Bridge is another of Bath’s more recognisable features. It’s sweeping horseshoe-shaped weir is more than just a bridge; it also incorporates shops and restaurants into it’s structure. The bridge is also a great place to start your tour of the city. From here you can take boats trips upriver to Bathampton or bus trips from the nearby Grand Parade. If photography is your passion and you are wanting to visit the bridge to capture its charm, the ideal time is late morning as it will be in shadow later in the afternoon.
In addition to its rich historic heritage, Bath is also a city that caters for those with a modern sensibility. Bath hosts all the amenities you would expect to find. From modern shopping centres to fantastic pubs and restaurants. If you’re a night owl, you’ll have some of the best underground club nights around. Literally. Many of the Victorian houses have turned their huge cellars into clubs and live music venues. Clubs likes Moles, Po Na Na and Club XL run some fantastic events including theme nights to help you party the night away.
Our Bath Treasure Hunt lasts for two or three hours, depending on your itinerary, and can start and finish at any city centre location. Often we start at clients’ offices or at the hotel at which they are staying and finish at a bar or restaurant.
Bath is an acclaimed treasure hunt location. The historical city goes back to Roman times in 60 AD and is well known for its Baths. We can start at your office or hotel, if you're visiting on a conference and end at one of the city's many lively bars, or somewhere quieter if you prefer.
The River Avon runs through the Bath treasure hunt and you can cross this on your event. Royal Crescent is a famous architectural feature and well worth a look as you pass by. There are plenty of green spaces, for example Parade Gardens where you may hear music from the bandstand and Royal Victoria Park where you can see an impressive fish pond. These are the sort of locations which would be perfect for a corporate or private treasure hunt.
The Bath treasure hunt lasts for two or three hours, depending on your itinerary. Your group is divided into teams which you can arrange in advance or we can do it for you on the day. Each team is given a bag with their Treasure Hunt and items such as a digital camera for the photo challenge element of the hunt. We send all of the photos to you on a disk after the event and there are always great shots. Some teams make a photo board of the best ones for their office and this makes the positive team building effects of the event last longer.
Our events are fully managed, so you get an Event Manager who will look after you on the day, brief the teams and welcome them to the final destination of the event. Packs are then marked and good quality metal medals are given to members of the winning team. We risk assess every event, including traffic issues to minimise any risk. Bath Treasure Hunts are one of the lowest risk activities that you can take part in.
Contact us for further information on our Bath Treasure Hunt.